Modern life as we know wouldn?t be possible without glass. Glass has become a ubiquitous part of human life that is becoming increasingly entwined into our homes. And believe it or not, it is made from molten sand! As far as its strength goes, it touches both ends of the spectrum, being highly resistant to decay, yet being very fragile.
Obsidian is very similar to glass and is created from lava spat out from fire-spewing volcanoes. Humans, being the curious creatures that they are, realized the importance of heat in the production of glass, and have been trying their luck since about 5000 years now. Archaeologists have traced the origins of glass-making back to about 4000 BC; in those days it was found as glazing to coat stone beads, with the technology believed to have been developed by the ancient Egyptians.
Today, glass is made in furnaces by combining silica in the form of sand, soda ash, and limestone, at temperatures of 1700 degrees centigrade. Other materials can also be added, depending on the color or other properties you may want the glass to have.
It was only in the early part of the 17th century that glass became a common material of home interiors, in the form of windows; the rest as you know is all history. Today, there are unlimited applications of glass in interiors. But that?s not to say that its increasing number of applications outside the home is any less! Some of the common uses of glass include packaging (jars for food products, bottles for drinks and flacons for medicines and cosmetics), tableware (like cups, plates, bowls and drinking glasses) and home interiors including windows, insulation, facades, and conservatories.
When used as a building material, it?s known as processed glass and includes toughened, laminated, reinforced or double-glazed glass. Around the house interiors, toughened glass doors make a style statement and look all the prettier if they are etched. Sliding glass doors, glass-enclosed sun porches, glass shower cubicles or even lacquered glass kitchen cabinet flaps all make great use of glass. They are also greener as you wouldn?t be destroying precious trees to create them. The lacquered glass looks more aesthetic and is more durable in the humid environment of the kitchen. And you can match the color to your walls!
Glass pillars are being popularly used for open partition between the dining room and drawing room or even used as railings. The pillars are made up of solid glass and come in different shapes and designs. Bubble glass pillars along with creative LED lighting creates an amazing ambiance to the interiors.
Half glass doors in the kitchen also look great aside from making the kitchen look larger and providing easier visibility inside. You could go for designed glass alternatively for the doors as they provide natural light and visibility without taking away your privacy. The designer glass is also great for windows as they allow in the sun, without allowing onlookers to see inside.
With decreasing use of wood inside homes, even staircase side guards are now being crafted in toughened glass with designs on them for a classy look. Even furniture is now being crafted from glass, including dining tables, coffee tables, side stools, etc. Stylish bent glass tables are now in vogue with the glass being specially crafted for this purpose.
Then we have the glass bricks that make excellent sources of natural light and are tough to boot. Install them on your walls for a trendy look that will make your friends green with envy. They work wonders in the bathrooms too.
With so many varied ranges of uses, glass has definitely become an indispensable element in interior design.